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Little League baseball: West Side planning 65th anniversary events
 West Side Little League is ready to celebrate its 65th anniversary in Hamilton. “We’ve got a big year planned,” said West Side president Becky Couch, with 2018 baseball game competition slated to begin Monday at the Eaton Avenue complex. That’s just the start for West Side, which had its first opening day on May 24...

Posted: 15 days ago

West Side Little League is ready to celebrate its 65th anniversary in Hamilton. “We’ve got a big year planned,” said West Side president Becky Couch, with 2018 baseball game competition slated to begin Monday at the Eaton Avenue complex. That’s just the start for West Side, which had its first opening day on May 24...
Prep softball: East blanks Fairfield to continue early-season roll
 Lakota East High School’s softball program is hoping this is a next-level kind of season. The Thunderhawks have been very good for a long time. Indeed, the last time they failed to win 20 games was 2006. But they’ve only won two Greater Miami Conference titles (2011, 2016), and they’ve made it to the Division I state tournament...

Posted: 16 days ago

Lakota East High School’s softball program is hoping this is a next-level kind of season. The Thunderhawks have been very good for a long time. Indeed, the last time they failed to win 20 games was 2006. But they’ve only won two Greater Miami Conference titles (2011, 2016), and they’ve made it to the Division I state tournament...
Butler County All-Star basketball returning to Hamilton on Saturday
 Area prep basketball standouts are set to participate in the second annual All-Butler County All-Star boys and girls games this weekend. A full slate of competitions will be held at the Hamilton Athletic Center on Saturday, including 3-point shooting and ball-handling contests. The girls pregame activities will start at noon, with the game...

Posted: 16 days ago

Area prep basketball standouts are set to participate in the second annual All-Butler County All-Star boys and girls games this weekend. A full slate of competitions will be held at the Hamilton Athletic Center on Saturday, including 3-point shooting and ball-handling contests. The girls pregame activities will start at noon, with the game...
Prep baseball: Wintry weather can’t stop Ross from improving to 5-0
 Mother Nature dared Ross High School’s baseball team to play a game Wednesday. The Rams did just that and managed to get a win in the process, pushing their perfect record to 5-0. “With the weather lately, when we saw it was going to be dry, we said, ‘If we can play, let’s play,’ ” Ross coach Jason Rettinger...

Posted: 17 days ago

Mother Nature dared Ross High School’s baseball team to play a game Wednesday. The Rams did just that and managed to get a win in the process, pushing their perfect record to 5-0. “With the weather lately, when we saw it was going to be dry, we said, ‘If we can play, let’s play,’ ” Ross coach Jason Rettinger...
Prep baseball: Fish’s return to form boosting Lakota West in 4-1 start
 Keegan Fish has returned to his familiar spot behind the plate for Lakota West High School’s baseball team. And he feels just fine. The Ohio State University recruit missed the entire 2017 season except for one at-bat, a walk in the last inning of the 5-1 Division I state semifinal loss to eventual champion Massillon Jackson at Huntington...

Posted: 18 days ago

Keegan Fish has returned to his familiar spot behind the plate for Lakota West High School’s baseball team. And he feels just fine. The Ohio State University recruit missed the entire 2017 season except for one at-bat, a walk in the last inning of the 5-1 Division I state semifinal loss to eventual champion Massillon Jackson at Huntington...
New Fenwick football coach promises to bring ‘positive enthusiasm’
 Michael Coleman hopes he’s found some stability for the Fenwick High School football program. John Aregood stepped in as interim head coach last May after the sudden resignation of Joe Snively and led the Falcons to a 6-4 season. Now Aregood is out and St. Xavier assistant Dan Haverkamp is Fenwick’s new head coach. “We&rsquo...

Posted: 19 days ago

Michael Coleman hopes he’s found some stability for the Fenwick High School football program. John Aregood stepped in as interim head coach last May after the sudden resignation of Joe Snively and led the Falcons to a 6-4 season. Now Aregood is out and St. Xavier assistant Dan Haverkamp is Fenwick’s new head coach. “We&rsquo...
College Insider: Purdue’s Edwards wins cash with 3X3U national title
 Vincent Edwards celebrated a national championship with some flying dollar bills Sunday. The Purdue University senior and Middletown High School graduate was part of the Big Ten Conference’s 3X3U basketball squad that won the inaugural title at St. Mary’s University’s Greehey Arena in San Antonio, combining with Ohio State&rsquo...

Posted: 19 days ago

Vincent Edwards celebrated a national championship with some flying dollar bills Sunday. The Purdue University senior and Middletown High School graduate was part of the Big Ten Conference’s 3X3U basketball squad that won the inaugural title at St. Mary’s University’s Greehey Arena in San Antonio, combining with Ohio State&rsquo...
A league in flux: GCL Coed exploring options with possible departures
 Change is coming to the Greater Catholic League Coed Division. How much remains to be seen. The Southwest Ohio prep athletic league came into existence in 2013-14 in a two-division format — Badin, Roger Bacon, Purcell Marian and McNicholas in the Central, and Fenwick, Chaminade Julienne, Alter and Carroll in the North. With the GCL...

Posted: 22 days ago

Change is coming to the Greater Catholic League Coed Division. How much remains to be seen. The Southwest Ohio prep athletic league came into existence in 2013-14 in a two-division format — Badin, Roger Bacon, Purcell Marian and McNicholas in the Central, and Fenwick, Chaminade Julienne, Alter and Carroll in the North. With the GCL...
Bacon, Purcell principals explain their reasons for applying to MVC
 It’s business as usual for the Roger Bacon and Purcell Marian prep athletic teams, at least for the time being. The Greater Cincinnati League (which eventually became the Greater Catholic League) has been their home since Oct. 6, 1931, and they’ve been part of the GCL Coed Division since it came to life in 2013-14. But Bacon and...

Posted: 22 days ago

It’s business as usual for the Roger Bacon and Purcell Marian prep athletic teams, at least for the time being. The Greater Cincinnati League (which eventually became the Greater Catholic League) has been their home since Oct. 6, 1931, and they’ve been part of the GCL Coed Division since it came to life in 2013-14. But Bacon and...
Prep baseball: Close loss to Moeller doesn’t diminish Badin’s D-I goals
 Badin High School’s first official baseball season in Division I started right at the top Monday. The Rams served notice that they plan to compete with everybody on Ohio’s top rung, grabbing a 3-0 first-inning lead against visiting Moeller before taking a 4-3 defeat at Alumni Field. “I would like to think that our program...

Posted: 26 days ago

Badin High School’s first official baseball season in Division I started right at the top Monday. The Rams served notice that they plan to compete with everybody on Ohio’s top rung, grabbing a 3-0 first-inning lead against visiting Moeller before taking a 4-3 defeat at Alumni Field. “I would like to think that our program...
College Insider: Another big year for Middletown’s Andrew in Penn pool
 Junior Mark Andrew has finished another record-breaking season in the pool for the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming team. The Middletown High School graduate competed in three events at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis last weekend, finishing 27th in the 200-yard individual medley (1:44.24), 28th in the 400 IM (3:45.56)...

Posted: 26 days ago

Junior Mark Andrew has finished another record-breaking season in the pool for the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming team. The Middletown High School graduate competed in three events at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis last weekend, finishing 27th in the 200-yard individual medley (1:44.24), 28th in the 400 IM (3:45.56)...
Prep baseball: Hamilton eager to find its way back to winning
 Hamilton High School’s goal this spring on the baseball diamond is to get back to winning. Big Blue averaged 18 wins per season in the four years prior to the 2017 campaign, when HHS went 11-16. Eighth-year coach Joey Lewis isn’t predicting championships, but he does feel the 2018 squad has the ability to be a winner. “We&rsquo...

Posted: 28 days ago

Hamilton High School’s goal this spring on the baseball diamond is to get back to winning. Big Blue averaged 18 wins per season in the four years prior to the 2017 campaign, when HHS went 11-16. Eighth-year coach Joey Lewis isn’t predicting championships, but he does feel the 2018 squad has the ability to be a winner. “We&rsquo...
2017-18 Journal-News All-Area Girls Basketball Statistics
 Layne Ferrell, FRA—183—196—587—22.6 Addie Brown, TAL—127—168—491—21.3 CiCi Riggins, HAM—158—143—472—20.5 Kenzi Saunders, MAD—132—65—364—15.8 Abby Prohaska, LW—156—78—420—15.0 Kendall Folley, LEB—126—62&mdash...

Posted: 29 days ago

Layne Ferrell, FRA—183—196—587—22.6 Addie Brown, TAL—127—168—491—21.3 CiCi Riggins, HAM—158—143—472—20.5 Kenzi Saunders, MAD—132—65—364—15.8 Abby Prohaska, LW—156—78—420—15.0 Kendall Folley, LEB—126—62&mdash...
2017-18 Journal-News All-Area Girls Basketball Team
 » Season: Led the Wildcats to a 19-7 record, a third-place finish in the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division and the program’s first-ever Division II district title, with Franklin losing to eventual regional champion Bellbrook in a regional semifinal. Owns a 295-170 career record — 19-7 in one season at Franklin...

Posted: 29 days ago

» Season: Led the Wildcats to a 19-7 record, a third-place finish in the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division and the program’s first-ever Division II district title, with Franklin losing to eventual regional champion Bellbrook in a regional semifinal. Owns a 295-170 career record — 19-7 in one season at Franklin...
2017-18 Journal-News All-Area Boys Basketball Statistics
 Justin Flor, CAR—178—85—476—20.7 Landen Angel, ROS—145—125—470—20.4 Jarrett Cox, LE—144—104—438—18.3 D’Marco Howard, HAM—148—87—410—17.8 Jaylen Robinson, HAM—134—102—408—17.7 Grant Whisman, MAD—113—78&mdash...

Posted: 29 days ago

Justin Flor, CAR—178—85—476—20.7 Landen Angel, ROS—145—125—470—20.4 Jarrett Cox, LE—144—104—438—18.3 D’Marco Howard, HAM—148—87—410—17.8 Jaylen Robinson, HAM—134—102—408—17.7 Grant Whisman, MAD—113—78&mdash...
2017-18 Journal-News All-Area Boys Basketball Team
 » Season: The 2008 Ross graduate led the Rams to a 15-8 record and a second-place finish in the Southwest Ohio Conference in his first year as a head coach. It’s the first winning record for Ross since 2012-13. Honor: Southwest Ohio Conference Coach of the Year. Job: Underwriter I at Cincinnati Financial Corporation...

Posted: 29 days ago

» Season: The 2008 Ross graduate led the Rams to a 15-8 record and a second-place finish in the Southwest Ohio Conference in his first year as a head coach. It’s the first winning record for Ross since 2012-13. Honor: Southwest Ohio Conference Coach of the Year. Job: Underwriter I at Cincinnati Financial Corporation...
Cox, Prohaska take top honors on Journal-News All-Area hoop teams
 Jarrett Cox and Abby Prohaska are repeat headliners on the 2017-18 Journal-News All-Area prep basketball teams. Cox, a Lakota East senior guard, has earned his second straight Player of the Year award on the boys side. Prohaska, a Lakota West senior wing, is the top female player for the second consecutive season. Both are 1,000-point scorers...

Posted: 29 days ago

Jarrett Cox and Abby Prohaska are repeat headliners on the 2017-18 Journal-News All-Area prep basketball teams. Cox, a Lakota East senior guard, has earned his second straight Player of the Year award on the boys side. Prohaska, a Lakota West senior wing, is the top female player for the second consecutive season. Both are 1,000-point scorers...
Prep softball: Mohawks carrying ‘Coach P’ with them this season
 Jackie Kovscek finds comfort in the fact that “Coach P” will continue to be a part of Madison High School’s softball program. The senior catcher said the Mohawks will have the late Doug Pemberton in their hearts whenever they take the field this season. “I know he was only there for a year, but he made such an impact...

Posted: 29 days ago

Jackie Kovscek finds comfort in the fact that “Coach P” will continue to be a part of Madison High School’s softball program. The senior catcher said the Mohawks will have the late Doug Pemberton in their hearts whenever they take the field this season. “I know he was only there for a year, but he made such an impact...
College Insider: Badin’s Holderbach having diamond success at EKU
 Alex Holderbach is among the top players for Eastern Kentucky University’s baseball team this season. The Badin High School graduate is a junior catcher/designated hitter for the Colonels, who are off to a 7-14 start. Holderbach tops EKU with 17 RBIs and is tied for the team lead in home runs with three. He’s started every game...

4:27 PM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

Alex Holderbach is among the top players for Eastern Kentucky University’s baseball team this season. The Badin High School graduate is a junior catcher/designated hitter for the Colonels, who are off to a 7-14 start. Holderbach tops EKU with 17 RBIs and is tied for the team lead in home runs with three. He’s started every game...
Miami’s Duffy after WNIT defeat: ‘It’s been a tremendous first year’
 It was the bounce-back season that Miami University’s women’s basketball program has been craving. That contributed to the pain Thursday night. The RedHawks got bounced in the first round of the WNIT by visiting Duquesne, ending their first postseason appearance since 2013 with a 69-56 defeat at Millett Hall. “It’s...

1:40 AM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

It was the bounce-back season that Miami University’s women’s basketball program has been craving. That contributed to the pain Thursday night. The RedHawks got bounced in the first round of the WNIT by visiting Duquesne, ending their first postseason appearance since 2013 with a 69-56 defeat at Millett Hall. “It’s...
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